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Five benefits of going back to college as an adult 

October 3, 2023

Returning to education when you’re an adult might seem scary because you’re worried about managing your time and money, and whether you can keep up with the coursework. But here’s the good news: experts and adult students who’ve been through it before say that older learners have some big advantages.

Let’s break down these benefits:

Life Experience: You’ve lived more life, and that brings valuable experiences to the classroom. You can share your real-world experiences, making discussions richer and more interesting. 

Motivation and Focus: Our students are often more determined and focused because they understand how important education is. You’re likely to work hard and stay committed. 

Clear Goals: You probably have a better idea of what you want to achieve academically and in your career. This clarity can help you stay on track. 

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Life experiences can sharpen your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which can be super helpful in your studies. 

Appreciation for Learning: Going back to school later in life can make you more excited about learning. You’re studying what you want to, not what you have to, which can boost your enthusiasm. 

Your life experiences and personal qualities are strengths that can make your educational journey more fulfilling and help you reach your goals. Embrace the opportunity to learn and grow and remember that it’s never too late to invest in yourself and your future. 

For over 40 years Northern College has been changing the lives of adults across the region. Each year we build a learning community of students, teaching and support staff that works together to make sure you achieve your goals. 

So, whether you are returning to education, looking for a career change or just want to learn new skills – Northern College could be the perfect place for you. 

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